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New Medical Care Specialists Join Barton Health

(South Lake Tahoe, Calif.) – In an ongoing effort to increase access to health care services, a reportedly pressing health needs of the community, Barton Health has added two new physicians to its care team. Joseph Hancock, MD and W. Reid Shepard, DO are now providing services at Barton’s new General Surgery and Gastroenterology office at 1139 Third Street in South Lake Tahoe.

Joseph Hancock, MD, a board-certified gastroenterologist, addresses diseases of the liver and digestive tract such as hepatitis, esophageal reflux and Crohn’s Disease, while providing treatments for issues including polyps and hemorrhoids. Dr. Hancock, along with Barton gastrointestinal specialist Dr. Dan Norman, will perform gastrointestinal procedures and complete diagnostics at Barton Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Hancock earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Hahnemann University and brings decades of experience with him to Barton Health. He most recently treated patients at Texas Tech University Medical Center and Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas. He’s a pilot and enjoys skiing and spending time with his wife and six children.

W. Reid Shepard, DO, is a board-certified general surgeon. Dr. Shepard earned his Doctor of Osteopathy at Western University of Health Sciences and recently completed a Minimally Invasive Endoscopic and Bariatric Surgery Fellowship at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, Oregon. He enjoys trail running, cycling, rock climbing and skiing with his wife and two children.

In addition to offering skilled, minimally invasive surgical procedures including daVinci® robotic surgery and laparoscopic options, Dr. Shepard joins the surgery team comprised of Drs. Kimberly Evans and Sandra Taylor at Barton’s Level III Trauma Center. Certified by the American College of Surgeons, this facility signifies a standard of trauma care excellence and preparedness for the region.

Appointments with Dr. Shepherd and Dr. Hancock require a referral from a primary care provider. For appointments and questions about services, please contact their patient office at 530.543.5691.